Think About It: System Re-boot - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

March 16, 2017

Think About It: System Re-boot

As I drive, like you, on the crappy thoroughfares throughout town, I am reminded about how unhappy people get whenever it is suggested that taxes will be raised to help pay for stuff. It is often, and rightfully, suggested that really it's the system that is the problem; that our way of doing things here is cumbersome, onerous, overstuffed with bureaucrats, and that things just don't get done. But how do you unravel a system that is so thoroughly weighted down with forms, lethargy, rules and regulations that things don't often get done or fixed, and when they do, it takes forever.

Don't get me wrong, no one wants to pay more- for anything. But we do want better schools, and with air! And we do want to see the minefield known as the Pali Highway completely repaved with material that might last more than five years- soon, please. And our airport is a horrible first and last stop for visitors and locals alike, and that repair job is apparently going to take many, many years. And the rail system is not planned to be fully operational for at least seven more years, and you think Pearl City was a mess… wait until rail construction starts along Nimitz Highway and in the crowded corridors of Kalihi and downtown.

But while there are no easy answers or fixes, the question persists- do we have visionaries in positions of power to help augment real change here? Do we have people in place willing to go through the laborious task of making things simpler so business can get done easier and in a more accommodating way? Can we cut back in some places so that things work better in other areas? There has to be a give and take with the finite money supply. Or do we continue to settle for same old, same old, so we can whine away the hours, lamenting a system that seems not too fair to far too many. Think about it… 

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